Minister warns contractors of substandard work, they risk licenses revoked

Minister of Transport and Public Works, Jappies Mhango has issued a stern warning to contractors in the country against indulging in sub – standard work to avoid having their licences revoked.

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The Minister  issued the warning on Thursday in Blantyre when he launched the construction of Mlombozi and Nasundu Bridges in the area of Traditional Authority Makata and Somba respectively.

Mhango said  emphasis is on  “attaining standard quality, delivery within  time frames and budget”, saying  contractors who would be seen to be doing shoddy work would be punished by having their licences withdrawn, noting that such contractors would never have a chance to apply for another project.

The minister said government is tired of entertaining contractors who promise to offer high quality services but end up building substandard structures which were not durable.

He also warned that shoddy work means there was  element of fraud and contractors  will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly .

“We cannot be doing the very same things every year as if there aren’t other things to concentrate on. However, I am happy to say that things will change. From now onwards, any contractor who will construct something of low quality will be punished severely,” Mhango warned.

Mhango’s sentiments corroborate President Peter Mutharika’s to the effect that he would deal with any contractor, particularly, in the road sector bent to frustrate the country’s development process.

Charles Pheleni, Managing Director of CLP Civil Engineering contracted to construct Mlombozi Bridge acknowledged and assured government that they would do a high standard job.

“The minister is saying the truth. We are not here to steal from the government but to support its development agenda. On our part as CLP, we will do a perfect job,” said Pheleni.

Recently government started offering contracts to indigenous companies as one way of local empowerment through the ‘best buy Malawian,’ strategy although some do not seem to appreciate the gesture and instead continue to offer poor quality services.

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4 years ago

Mr Jappie dont talk as if it has not yet happened. Can we see you in action please. There are already a lot of substandard roadworks that have been done and we have not seen any contractors being disciplined. Just to mention a few – all the substandard jobs Fargo is doing in Malawi. People have complained a million times, but Fargo is still being awarded contracts. The Mkaka Construction issue down Lower Shire; The Illovo – Midima Roundabout poor road which has failed to be finalised. There was a bit of noise made from NRA when Chigumula Residents wrote… Read more »

4 years ago

Akungofuna kudya ma allowance Jappie. He’s busy going around visiting roads and opening timabridge while getting millions in unbudgeted allowances from Roads Authority as if he works there, osamatenga ma allowance ku Ministry of Transport bwanji? There ppo at RA who are employed to do the inspections of roads and bridges osati the whole Minister, kufuna kukama RA basi. Anthu osakonda dziko lanu inu.

4 years ago

All big talks but no action. just shut up. we are tired of all the lies.

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